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  • The Master Coach

  • Leading with Character, Building Connections, and Engaging in Extraordinary Conversations
  • By: Gregg Thompson
  • Narrated by: Zackary Turner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (67 ratings)

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Summary

Today, coaching is recognized as one of the most effective human resource development processes available, and it is becoming increasingly popular in organizations of all sizes. Faced with historically low levels of employee engagement - as little as 13 percent, according to Gallup's latest survey - business leaders see coaching as key to unlocking the human talent, creativity, and innovation hiding in plain sight in their workplaces. And rather than bringing in coaches for this purpose, they want to integrate coaching into their company culture - a 2015 study by the International Coaching Federation and the Human Capital Institute found that 81 percent of organizations surveyed planned to train managers or leaders in coaching skills.

The Master Coach was written for these leaders and is perfectly positioned to become the definitive work on the topic. Drawing on the wealth of experience that has made Gregg Thompson and Bluepoint Leadership Development the choice of numerous Fortune 100 companies, it illuminates the essence of what it takes to be a great coach. The Master Coach will appeal to leaders at all organization levels, showing them how to make a significant shift in their attitudes, values, and behaviors and become more coach-like in all their daily interactions and conversations.

The Master Coach is based on the simple but profound 3Cs Coaching Model. This proven approach asserts that to master the art of coaching one must have an exemplary character that invites the trust of others, be able to form rapid connections with others at a deeply personal level, and have the ability to initiate and guide intense, attitude-changing conversations. At every step, Thompson reminds listeners that coaching is not merely about what the coach says or does; it's about who he or she is.

©2018 Gregg Thompson (P)2018 Made for Success

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Content is average, narration terrible

There was nothing new in this book. The narration was very distracting, with a monotone voice, no intonation. The editing was also very poor, with repeated sentences and even a cough.

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Terrible editing job- almost unlistenable

Don't waste your time. The tracks jump around and repeat themselves over and over. Whoever is responsible for editing this needs some serious coaching...

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one of the best coaching books I've ever listened

in truth for a coach who starting out this is an essential to listen to or read time and time again. the narration was perfectly suited for the content of the book the pace and the information that was handed over was exceptional this is one of my will be recommending too many friends coaches or not

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Great insights

This book was very informative and would be invaluable to anyone in the coaching business. For new and seasoned!! Very well narrated, too.

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Very Very Good

In terms of Coaching, there are few bools that compare to this and those that do are generally at the top of everyones list. I don't think I need to say anymore about how essential a listen this book is to coaches and leaders alike.

HOWEVER, the narration had two flaws that tarnish, what would otherwise, be a 5 star review and they are:

1. Speed: There are far too many occasions where I litterraly checked the speed of the player due to the narrator speeding through the narrative often flashing by some very pertinent points.

2. Editing: People make mistakes, this is life. But editors make a living for this reason so there is no excuse for coughing, re-reads and missed words. I stopped counting the editing errors at about ten 😒

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Highly interesting listen

Highly interesting listen and well narrated. However book needs some editing. It's very annoying that on multiple occasions the narrator repeats himself or stops mid sentence. Clearly an editing issue rather than narration.

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Great listen

What a great (audio) book.
Some truly great insights.
Was just what I was looking for.
Anyone interested in coaching, psychology or interpersonal relationships this is a must read/listen.

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Brilliant book with awful narration

I’m glad i’ve persevered but the narration was awful. Full of mistakes and a dead monotone voice. The book was brilliant though.

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  • J. T.
  • 11-02-21

Better than I expected

I’ve been learning about coaching. I think I got more from this book than from other sources I’ve gone through.

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  • Dan
  • 07-02-21

Good information for the Coach

The person reading became monotonous after listening for an extended time. Granted the book is written in a factual manner but I feel there's an opportunity to improve.

The content is good and challenging. There's a lot of information to share. The person listing will need to concentrate to grasp the information .

The over all information is useful and important.

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  • Rick Yvanovich FCMA CGMA FCPA MSc CCMP CMC
  • 16-01-21

Truly Masterful

Packed full of tools checklists and coaching questions.
I found the content very useful
It’s a pity the narrator was rather monotonous and lacked enthusiasm and energy which made listening a bit of a chore

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  • Joe
  • 20-11-21

This is a fantastic book.

I'm an intimacy and relationship coach and was trained by someone who coached nearly identically to the way Gregg Thompson teaches through this book. And I can say this way of coaching, when fully embodied as a way of living, is truly profound and nourishing to the coach and his clients. As far as I'm concerned, this is the coaching Bible.

And with that said, the recording is shit. There were many moments the reader repeated himself and even a place he cleared his throat. This is the only audiobook out of dozens I've listened to that this has occurred while I was listening to it.

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  • Beverly J
  • 07-11-21

Needs editor to listen!


The reader who is narrating this should know how to pronounce “amygdala”, Brené Brown, and Carl Jung.
Also some passages are repeated, obviously not having been edited.
The content is very helpful for a new coach. I love referring to the coachee as “the talent.”

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  • Ray Bing
  • 28-10-21

Great for anyone looking to be a coach or existing coach

I’m a run coach and listening to this was not only confirmation, but a fresh new look at what depth good great coaching can create for the clients or athletes. Give this a listen!

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  • Heather
  • 02-07-21

Interesting book, needs to be re-edited

This was an interesting book but there is a glaring flaw. Not in the content but in the editing process. There are dozens of places where sentences and a few entire paragraphs where the reader repeats what they just said or there are throat clearing or words are mispronounces and then repeated without the incorrect version being removed in post.

There are so many that it became distracting. I would strongly suggest that the author go through the editing process once again to clean up all the mistakes

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  • AmberJean
  • 22-06-21

Worth a listen

This was a great book & I enjoyed the narrator's voice. The only thing I disliked was that the narrator mispronounces Jung.

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  • rita muyambo
  • 15-09-22

Well thought through

Loved the different approaches shared. However l think there is a need for a second edition that brings in the multiple intersections of a person. It’s explained but l feel the new wave of the current thinking on the complex human being should be reflected.

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  • Gilbert
  • 13-08-22

Wish I’d have listened to the a long time ago…

There is so much rich content here and delivered in a no nonsense way. I had a deeply troubling experience with a coach whose motives were self serving, which I gave too much power too, and the result was costly. Here we learn key elements of being a coach but also what a good coach is really like, I.e. raise the bar on our expectations. If you manage people this is full of refreshing thought provoking content that can refresh how you approach your people management responsibilities. Lastly most of us never meet someone like Gregg and get enough time to learn the hard won knowledge he has obtained, but he did make it available here.